January’s Restaurant of the Month: Cafe Boulud
Nestled on the Upper East Side inside the Surrey Hotel is the world renowned Cafe Boulud. Created by the chef who needs no introduction, Daniel Boulud, you can gexpect French cuisine prepared with only seasonal and market fresh ingredients. However, unlike his staple restaurant a few blocks south, Daniel, Cafe Boulud is a slightly more relaxed atmosphere, celebrating New York’s cafe society. With one Michelin star and a 3 star review in the New York Times, you can be assured you’re in for an absolute treat.
The menu reflects Chef Boulud’s four culinary muses: la tradition, classic French cuisine; la saison, seasonal delicacies; le potager, the vegetable garden; and le voyage, the flavors of world cuisines. These are reflected in every dish you will enjoy here.
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Located at 20 East 76th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues, Cafe Boulud is in prime real estate for any Glenwood residents living on the Upper East Side. Especially so for those living in The Fairmont and The Lucerne.
With a casually elegant mood, the restaurant is chic with white table cloth clad tables, flickering candlelight, and gorgeous works of art adorning the walls. They also have an outside seating cafe available for pretty weather, as well as a separated bar area. Being only steps away from Central Park, this is a perfect iconic New York City place to dine as winter snow graces our sidewalks, and is especially cozy for long January nights.
Cafe Boulud’s Menu
With a full offering of breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant is the perfect neighborhood choice for an elevated meal out with girlfriends, date night, or a special family celebration. While breakfast and dinner are offered a la carte, we want to highlight their special coursed offerings: lunch and Sunday brunch. The prix-fixe menus for both offer a wide selection of Boulud’s most famous dishes, and is great value for the quality of food and service you are guaranteed to be receiving.
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Cafe Boulud offers a delightful prix-fixe lunch Monday through Saturday, priced at $39 for two courses or $45 for three courses. The menu changes weekly according to seasonal offerings, but you will always have three options to choose from for each course. You can start with Pot-au-Feu Terrine, which is bone marrow toast, horseradish salt, and persillé as your appetizer, and then move on to a main that includes Duck Confit a L’orange, including basmati rice pilaf, ravioli, sweet potato, and frisée, and finally round it off with a delectable dessert, such as Caramel Apple, with a crème fraîche biscuit, poached apples, arlette, and house made caramel apple ice cream. We like to think of it as high-end comfort food that keeps you feeling toasty on the inside even as the temperature outside continues to dip.
If your appetite doesn’t quite support more than one course, you can also choose to have lunch via their a la carte menu.
Offered on Sundays from 12pm to 3pm, Cafe Boulud does a three course brunch for $52. This includes seven appetizers to choose from, such as the Tuscan Kale Salad (sweet potato fritter, pomegranate, celery root, apples, and apple cider vinaigrette), eight entrees to choose from, such as the Wild Mushroom Risotto (sunchoke, robiola, garlic chive oil, and chervil), and six desserts to select from, such as the Lemon Tart, topped with pistachio ice cream. Pair this with a walk east down Madison Avenue to check out some of NYC’s famous boutiques or a walk west to wander through a wintery Central Park, and voila! A perfect New York Sunday on your hands.
Reservations for Cafe Boulud can be made via OpenTable, or by calling the restaurant directly at 212-772-2600. As the French say, bon appetit!